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  • noun An affidavit, a legally binding statement or oath
  • noun A davy lamp, more often capitalized as Davy lamp, a type of safety lamp


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  • "'No. She's not one of ours. I'll take my davy on that, sir. It is my belief she is a Frenchman. Most uncommon massy yards. She is gathering her boats as quick as ever they can pull.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 41

    March 3, 2008

  • But what does it mean?

    March 4, 2008

  • According to OED2, "davy" is slang for affidavit.

    March 4, 2008

  • "I'll take my davy of it; vulgar abbreviation of affidavit." (Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue)

    September 5, 2008